2015 Subaru WRX STI Officially Breaks Cover

Posted by: Kenny Chan onJanuary 14th, 2014

When the 2015 Subaru WRX was revealed at the LA Auto Show, I think you can group all the reactions into two groups: There were some people that were incredibly disappointed that it was not even close to the WRX Concept that was shown at the New York Auto Show. The other group were those that kept the expectations low when the WRX Concept was unveiled because they knew it was simply too good to be true. Then, the leaked photos last week of the new 2015 WRX STI showed up and those in the latter group were actually okay with the design. It’s a bit safe, but with the rally blue paint and gold wheels it seems to work and the design appeared as though it would stand the test of time.

However, at the unveiling when Subaru drove a silver WRX STI out on stage with gunmetal wheels, it just didn’t do it for me. It looked really bland and not as differentiated from the regular WRX as I think it should be. But then, following in AMGs footsteps, Subaru also introduced a WRX STI Launch Edition which was the World Rally Blue STI with gold BBS wheels that was in the leaked pictures. Only 1000 Launch Edition WRX STI will be built so if you want one, you better put your order in.

A one-inch longer wheelbase on the new WRX STI helps provide a roomier cabin in the 2015 model. The windshield is more raked than before, with the A-pillar pulled forward nearly eight inches at the base for better forward visibility, aided by a lower dashboard and narrower A-pillars. Rear seat legroom is increased by nearly two inches, and trunk capacity is now 12 cu. ft., up from 11.3 cu. ft. in the previous WRX STI. Subaru claims that with the completely re-tuned high performance suspension–which reduces body roll by 16%, the 2015 WRX STI is best handling, best performing WRX STI. Ever.

Those of you that were hoping that Subaru would announce a more powerful engine will be disappointed to hear that there is nothing new in that department over the previous generation WRX STI, it will be the same 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft torque BOXER engine. Subaru did mention that the WRX STI already has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class so they didn’t feel as if more power was needed and instead focused on improving the handling for this generation. I was also disappointed there was no announcement on some sort of dual clutch transmission.

Pricing was not announced for the 2015 Subaru WRX STI but details should be out shortly as the new STI will go on sale this spring.

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